trails

  • Michigan Trails – Extensive Directory

    Michigan Trails – Extensive Directory

    September 23, 2014

    Ever wonder just how extensive Michigan’s trails are? Google maps just doesn’t cut it when it comes to finding the best recreational, non-motorized paths close to your location. Michigan Trails Magazine and Website partners with the West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition (WMT&GC) and the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA). Their website, TrailsMichigan.com, has […]

  • Happy Michigan Trails Week! September 20-27

    Happy Michigan Trails Week! September 20-27

    September 22, 2014

    Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed September 20-27 Michigan Trails Week, and the MDNR is inviting everyone to go off-road and to be part of the celebration. “Grab your friends and family, find a trail and let the adventure begin!” To end the week, on September 27, Recreation Passports and vehicle entry fees will be waived […]

  • New Video of Rail Trail between Saranac and Ionia, Michigan

    New Video of Rail Trail between Saranac and Ionia, Michigan

    August 13, 2014

    We recently re-visited the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail from Saranac to Ionia that opened last year. What a delightful summer experience!  Be sure to check it out!  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5F-sERYg9IE&w=560&h=315] (Change the video setting to 720p or 1080p [HD] for a clearer video.)

  • Don’t let the vocal minority kill your project: How to Deal with Trail Opposition

    Don’t let the vocal minority kill your project: How to Deal with Trail Opposition

    June 25, 2014

    While it is typical to have someone who objects to a proposed trail, in most cases we see an about-face once the trail opens for public use. One property owner actually called me a couple months after the trail opened and apologized for being difficult during construction. She discovered how much she loved the trail! […]

  • Designing low-maintenance trails

    Designing low-maintenance trails

    June 9, 2014

    When I started designing non-motorized trails in the Holland area about 16 years ago, trail development was still in its infancy. Since then, I have designed or managed construction of about 150 miles of trails. As your community’s trail system develops, maintenance becomes a real concern. Here are 13 of my favorite maintenance-minimizing trail design […]

  • Winning Non-motorized Trail Grants: How to Up the Odds

    Winning Non-motorized Trail Grants: How to Up the Odds

    May 12, 2014

    By Scott Post, PE In my last post, I talked about where to find money for a non-motorized trail project. Here are nine ways you can help your project compete for grants: Have a written Recreation Plan, and designate non-motorized trails as your #1 priority. Commit as high a matching fund percentage as possible. Put […]

  • Seven ideas for funding non-motorized trails

    Seven ideas for funding non-motorized trails

    April 15, 2014

    By Scott Post, PE Whenever I meet with a new non-motorized trails group or client, one of the first questions I am asked is, “Where can we get grants to pay for our trail?” If your group or community is planning a non-motorized trail, check out my seven favorite trail funding sources: Michigan’s Natural Resources […]

  • APWA names Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Trail its 2013 Project of the Year

    APWA names Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Trail its 2013 Project of the Year

    April 10, 2014

    The Michigan Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) named the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Trail connecting Ionia and Saranac its “Project of the Year” in the Small Cities/Rural Communities category. Congratulations to the City of Ionia, the Village of Saranac, and P&N Project Manager Scott Post for making this recreation trail a […]

  • P&N’s Scott Post designing new trail crossing M-66 in Ionia

    P&N’s Scott Post designing new trail crossing M-66 in Ionia

    March 11, 2014

    At its March 4 meeting, Ionia’s City Council approved a resolution to apply for grant funding to construct Phase II of the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail. This phase of the project is approximately two miles of 10′ wide shared-use pathway in the heart of the City and includes a remarkable non-motorized bridge […]

  • P&N’s Scott Post designing new M-66 trail in Ionia

    P&N’s Scott Post designing new M-66 trail in Ionia

    March 11, 2014

    At its March 4 meeting, Ionia’s City Council approved a resolution to apply for grant funding to construct Phase II of the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail. This phase of the project is approximately two miles of 10′ wide shared-use pathway in the heart of the City and includes a remarkable non-motorized bridge […]